Asia markets closed higher on Friday after shaking off negative sentiment seen earlier in the day. Wall Street had wobbled and European stocks had taken a stumble overnight.
Japan's Nikkei 225 held onto slight gains to close up 0.04 percent, or 9.12 points, at 21,457.64. The benchmark index has now closed higher for 14 straight sessions.
Investors appeared unconcerned over potential uncertainty in the lead up to Japan's elections on Oct. 22. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition is likely to win a two-thirds majority, a poll from local outlet Kyodo News showed earlier this week.
"Sunday's election will not usher in a new era in Japanese politics," said Miha Hribernik, senior analyst at Verisk Maplecroft, in a note.
Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi edged up 0.67 percent to close at 2,489.54. Most blue-chip tech stocks pared losses made on Thursday: Samsung Electronics closed up 1.62 percent and SK Hynix gained 2.78 percent. Those gains offset moderate losses seen in manufacturing names.
Down Under, the S&P/ASX 200 climbed higher by 0.18 percent to close at 5,907, with the utilities sub-index rising 1.72 percent to lead gains on the broader index.
The Hang Seng Index climbed 1.06 percent by 3:01 p.m. HK/SIN, recouping some losses after closing nearly 2 percent down on Thursday. Experts attributed Thursday's fall to a range of factors including tighter liquidity and comments from the governor of China's central bank.
People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan had warned Thursday that too much optimism in markets could lead to a collapse of asset prices, Reuters reported.
Mainland markets gained after closing moderately lower in the previous session: The Shanghai Composite was added 0.28 percent to close at 3,379.4990 and the Shenzhen Composite rose 0.805 percent to end at 1,999.6776.
India markets were closed for a public holiday.